Where can children find examples of and practice kindness? How do children learn about and discuss diversity? Where can my child learn about and understand world cultures and faith traditions?
The Religious Exploration program at First Parish in Lincoln
…is here to support you in giving your child the tools needed to engage confidently in their world. Through our programs, children have the opportunity to move from nurtured wonder through playful discovery to thoughtful understanding. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment where our children and youth have a sense of belonging and can begin to ponder life’s spiritual and moral questions.
At First Parish in Lincoln, children enjoy weekly exploration classes that are developmentally appropriate, engaging and fun…
Ages 0–4 are cared for and play in our professionally staffed nursery – which opens at 9:45 (for drop-off prior to the service) and continues through the after-service coffee and fellowship time.
Grades K-1 engage in SPIRIT PLAY. Life’s “big ideas” (respect, friendship, caring…) are thoughtfully presented through stories, crafts and playtime.
Grades 2-3 are SPIRIT PLAYERS. Students review, produce and perform story-skits that deepen their connections with Spirit Play themes.
Grades 4-5 discover how SACRED STORIES have shaped and still shape our world; and how themes are reflected in the news and in popular culture.
Grades 6-7 experience the traditions of our NEIGHBORING FAITHS. Over breakfast, students discuss the practices of other faith traditions and then visit various places of worship in following weeks.
Grade 8 students attend the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program… this is everything you wished you had learned about human anatomy and sexuality – updated to include boundary issues around social media and more of today’s teen challenges.
YES – Youth Engaged in Service .. Begins in 9th grade when students gather for informal dinners to learn about how members of our community donate their time in service of others. They engage in more adult conversations about practicing kindness.
…And continues as First Parish support high schoolers in meeting their school-required community servicehours. This is a student directed, adult facilitated youth group. We also ask all grade 9-12 students of member families to give First Parish two Sundays per church year; one in the Sanctuary as an usher or to give the pastoral prayer and one Sunday to help in a classroom.
To register for our Religious Exploration program, please complete our online form
Programs for adults include study of sacred texts, discussions of contemporary literature and social issues, and exploration of ethics and life challenges. Meditation sittings also play a strong role in adult spiritual development for many in the church.